Quite often we find ourselves taking life for granted. We become self-centered and lose sight of God’s purpose for our lives. It’s like travelling through life with blinkers on, our view point is narrowed and we find ourselves missing out on God opportunities. At around 571 B.C. Ezekiel wrote “The Lord came to me, saying: …I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” In this story a young man is pronounced clinically dead, yet he lives. Discover how God can replace a heart.
A major bike accident becomes the trigger point for this young man to change his outlook.
He was on his way home from youth group when he lost control of his motorbike. As the bike slipped out from under him, his body was slammed into a guard-rail. Both legs and one arm were broken, and his internal organs were pushed up into his chest, tearing his aorta from his heart.
As he lay dying on the road, his mind was clear. He didn’t think about any of the trivial things that filled his head moments before — his Facebook, his Instagram, his job. All he could do was pray. He said the Lord’s prayer, and asked God to forgive his sins.
He died twice on the side of the road, and paramedics didn’t even believe he’d make it to hospital. “Like Psalms 23,” he said, “I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”
A nurse told him later he was the worst patient she’d ever seen in two years in the emergency room. As they prepared to try heart surgery, Doctors told his family to say goodbye. But they never gave up on him, and continued to speak life over him as he left for theatre.
He was unconscious throughout his ordeal, and doesn’t remember any of it. But he does remember a dream, where he was outside his body, watching God put something into his chest. It wasn’t until much later that he would realise how his life had been saved. God had given him a new heart.
Since the accident, his whole outlook on life has changed. He’s learned to appreciate the little things, and realised that there’s always someone worse off than him. It’s all because of the passion God placed in him, to bring salvation to others who are suffering. “I’m just grateful that this hardship has been a blessing in disguise,” he said. “It has highlighted how great my life actually is.”
What is making your heart to be hard as stone?
The Psalmist gives us an example of how to achieve this:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.“ – Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4 NKJV
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” – Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV